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Know Your Bible Series

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To get the most out of any book, you need to read it in order.  But when it comes to the Bible, Christians are often taught to focus on just the New Testament, which is last part of the story.  When we do this, we end up drawing a lot of false conclusions about who our Creators are and what They want from us.

To help you become an informed Christian, we are currently writing a series of lessons that will give you a basic understanding of the Bible’s message from beginning to end.  This series is not simply a repeat of what some famous scholar has to say.  This is a new study which is being written specifically for the everyday Christian who would like to have a better understanding of the contents of the Bible, as well as the Character and priorities of Yahweh, Jesus & the Holy Spirit.  We suggest that you read through the lessons in order because they build on each other.  The purpose of this series is to help you quickly gain more insight about the Bible than you will ever be offered in a typical church or Bible study class.

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INTRODUCTION

PERIOD 1. Before Israel noah

  • Lesson 3: Before Israel 
    [Genesis, Job]

    • Genesis & Job.
    • The moral corruption of the human race.
    • Noah & the Flood.
    • Abraham.
    • The thirteen tribes of Israel.

PERIOD 2. Early Israel: The Wilderness Period

  • Lesson 4: Yahweh Chooses IsraelThe-Earthly-Sanctuary-Exterior

    • Yahweh’s original plan for Israel.
    • The many gods of Bible times.
    • An introduction to Yahweh’s Old Covenant Laws.
  • Lesson 5: God is Holy
    • The Mt. Sinai appearance.
    • The Tabernacle & the Ark of the Covenant.
    • Why Yahweh chose the Levites to be His special servants.
    • The different duties of three types of Levites.
  • Lesson 6: The Sacrificial System
    • How the ancient Jews viewed the sacrificial system & Old Covenant Laws.
    • The kinds of sacrifices Yahweh required & the importance of soul attitude.
    • The Day of Atonement.
    • The furniture inside the Tabernacle.
    • The tithing system.
    • How the sacrificial system was abused.
  • Lesson 7: The Wilderness Journey
    • Israel’s forty year journey through the wilderness.
    • Understanding God’s wrath.

PERIOD 3. Israel Before Kings

  • Lesson 8: Entering the Promised Land
    [Joshua]
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    • The book of Joshua.
    • Key military events in Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land.
    • How the Promised Land was divided among the tribes.
  • Lesson 9: The Dark Age
    [Judges]

    • The book of Judges.
    • Israel’s early days in the Promised Land, before she became a monarchy.

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PERIOD 5. The Divided Kingdom

  • Lesson 11: The Rebellion of Solomon
    [1 Kings 11]

    • Solomon.
    • The writings of Solomon:
      • Song of Songs.
      • Ecclesiastes.
      • Proverbs.
  • Lesson 12: Civil War in Israel
    [1 Kings 11-14]

    • Rehoboam & Jeroboam.kingsaul
  • Lesson 13: Warring Kingdoms
    [1 Ki. 15-16; 2 Chron. 13-16]

    • Kings of Judah: Abijah & Asa.
    • Kings of Israel: Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri & Omri.
  • Lesson 14: Ahab & Elijah
    [1 Kings 16-19]

    • Ahab, Jezebel, Elijah & Mt. Carmel.
  • Lesson 15: Ahab, Aram & One Good King
    [1 Ki. 19-22; 2 Chron. 17-19]

    • Wars with Aram, Ahab & Jezebel are cursed.
    • King Jehoshaphat of Judah.
    • The prophet Micaiah.
    • Prophetic action: A wounded prophet bluffs Ahab into thinking he’s a soldier asking for mercy.
  • Lesson 16: Evil Kings, Good Prophets
    [2 Ki. 1-3; 2 Chron. 20-21]

    • Ahaziah, Jehoram & Joram.
    • Elisha succeeds Elijah.
    • Miraculous intervention: The Valley of Blood.
    • Dating difficulties with Kings & Chronicles.
  • Lesson 17: All About Elisha
    [2 Kings 4-5]

    • Miracles that Yahweh performed through the prophet Elisha.
    • The widow’s oil, the Shunammite woman, Naaman, etc.
  • Lesson 18: Prophecy & Carnage
    [2 Kings 6-10; 2 Chron. 22]

    • Aram attacks Israel.
    • Hazael becomes king of Aram.
    • In Judah: King Ahaziah & Queen Athaliah.
    • In Israel: Jehu fulfills Yahweh’s prophecies against Ahab & Jezebel.
    • The prophet Jonah.
  • Lesson 19: More Kings & the Prophet Amos
    [2 Kings 13-14; 2 Chron. 24-25; Amos]

    • In Judah: Queen Athaliah, Joash, Amaziah & Uzziah/Azariah.
    • In Israel: Jehoahaz, Jehoash & Jeroboam II.
    • In Aram: Hazael & Ben-Hadad.
    • The prophet Amos–Yahweh speaks against the nations.
    • Judah attacks Israel; Israel sacks Jerusalem.
  • Lesson 20: The Prophet Hosea
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    • King Uzziah of Israel.
    • An introduction to Hosea.
    • The coming destruction of Israel.
  • Lesson 21: Isaiah Begins
    [2 Kings 15; Isaiah 6, 10, 13

    • Understanding co-regents.
    • Kings of Israel: Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah, Pekah, Hoshea.
    • The prophet Isaiah begins to speak.
    • The Assyrian Empire.
    • Yahweh withholds His conviction from rebels in Israel.
  • Lesson 22: There is Only One God
    [2 Chron. 28, Isa. 7-8 & 20; Micah]

    • Prophets: Isaiah & Micah.
    • Kings of Judah: Jotham & Ahaz.
    • How God used prophets to reach the world.
    • The Immanuel prophecy (Isaiah 7-8).
    • Symbolic actions: naked prophets.
  • Lesson 23: The Fall of Samaria
    [2 Kings 17-18; 2 Chron. 29-32]Samaria falling to the Assyrians

    • The Fall of Samaria & the origin of the New Testament Samaritans.
    • Hezekiah, king of Judah.
  • Lesson 24: Assyria Attacks Judah
    [2 Kings 20; Isa. 36-39]

    • Sennacherib invades Judah.
    • An angel of death attacks the Assyrian army.
    • Hezekiah’s illness & miraculous cure.
    • Key insights about God.
  • Lesson 25: Reasons to Hope
    [Isa. 2, 11-12, 52, 65-66]

    • Prophecies of a coming King spoken by Isaiah & Micah.
    • Why Yahweh intentionally misleads people with promises of future bliss.
    • The justice of Yahweh & His response to the righteous.
  • Lesson 26: The Last Straw
    [Deut. 28; 2 Ki. 21-23; 2 Chron. 33-34]

    • Kings of Judah: Manasseh, Amon & Josiah.31118_000_027_01
    • Why Yahweh decides to destroy Judah.
    • The Book of Law is found.
    • Yahweh’s Old Covenant curses. [Deut. 28]
  • Lesson 27: Jeremiah Begins
    [Jeremiah 1-6]

    • Understanding Yahweh’s promises of earthly bliss.
    • The prophet Jeremiah.
  • Lesson 28: A New World Power
    [Hab.; Nahum; Zeph.; 2 Chron. 35; Jer. 11-13, 22, 26]

    • The Babylonians defeat Assyria.
    • The prophets Nahum, Zephaniah & Habakkuk.
    • Jeremiah continues to preach.
    • The death of Josiah.  The reigns of Jehoahaz & Jehoiakim.
    • Nebuchadnezzar’s first attack on Judah.
    • Daniel is taken to Babylon.
  • Lesson 29: The Dream
    [Jeremiah 45-47; Daniel 2]

    • Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a statue.
    • Yahweh speaks to Jeremiah’s scribe Baruch.
    • Jeremiah preaches against the nations.
  • Lesson 30: The Yoke of Babylon
    [Jeremiah 24-25, 27-29]

    • King Jehoiachin & King Zedekiah
    • Jeremiah’s prophetic actions: Yahweh’s cup of wrath & the yoke of Babylon.
    • Nebuchadnezzar’s second attack on Judah.
    • The false prophet Hananiah.
  • Lesson 31: Ezekiel Begins
    [Jer. 50-51; Eze. 1-3]

    • Yahweh’s message to Babylon: Seraiah reads Jeremiah’s scroll. (Jeremiah 50-51)ezekiel
    • Yahweh calls Ezekiel to be His prophet.
      • Ezekiel’s vision of Yahweh in a storm.
    • Ezekiel’s first assignment: bound and muted.
  • Lesson 32: Ezekiel in Action
    [Eze. 4-7]

    • Ezekiel acts out the coming siege of Jerusalem. (Eze. 4)
      • Prophetic action: Ezekiel cuts his hair. (Eze. 5)
    • Lessons about God’s involvement in evil. (Eze. 5-7)
  • Lesson 33: Abominations in the Temple
    [Ezekiel 8-9, 11]

    • Ezekiel’s vision of idolatry in the Temple. (Eze. 8)
    • Ezekiel’s vision of Yahweh’s angels killing the people. (Eze. 9)
    • Interpreting Yahweh’s prediction of a faithful remnant returning to Israel. (Eze. 11)
    • Why God intentionally deceives us.
  • Lesson 34: The Time is Now
    [Ezekiel 12-14]

    • Prophetic action: Ezekiel sneaks out of his house; a prophecy against Zedekiah. (Eze. 12)
    • Prophetic action: Ezekiel eats with fear & trembling. (Eze. 12)
    • Yahweh gives a specific time frame for the fulfillment of His prophecies.
    • Yahweh condemns false prophets & idolatrous leaders. (Eze. 13-14)
      • Why God allows things that He claims to hate.
    • Yahweh helps Ezekiel accept the destruction of the Temple & Jerusalem. (Eze. 14)
  • Lesson 35: Three Parables of Yahweh
    [Ezekiel 15-17]

    • The parable of Jerusalem as an adulterous wife (Ezekiel 16).
    • The parable of the grapevine & a tree (Ezekiel 15)
    • The parable of the eagle & the vine (Ezekiel 17)
  • Lesson 36: The Fall of Jerusalem
    [Jer. 37-38, 40, 44; Lamentations; Eze. 24, 33; Joel; Obadiah;

    • Nebuchadnezzar’s third and last strike against Jerusalem. (Jer. 40)
    • Egypt attempts to help Judah.the-prophet-jeremiah
    • Ezekiel’s wife dies as a sign to the people. (Eze. 24)
    • The prophets Joel & Obadiah.
    • Jeremiah is thrown into a cistern. (Jer. 37-38)
    • The book of Lamentations.
    • Ezekiel gets his speech back. (Eze. 33)
    • Jews in Judah disobey Yahweh by fleeing to Egypt. (Jer. 44)

PERIOD 6. The Post-Exile Period

  • Lesson 37: Man Turns Cow
    [Daniel 4]

    • Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a tree.
    • Yahweh strikes Nebuchadnezzar temporarily insane.
    • The decline of the Babylonian Empire and the rise of Persia.
  • Lesson 38: Writing on the Wall
    [Ezra 1; Daniel 5-6]
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    • Belshazzar’s feast & the hand writing on the wall.
    • Persia conquers Babylon.
    • Daniel is thrown into a den of lions.
    • King Cyrus of Persia lets Jews return to Judah & orders them to rebuild the Temple.
  • Lesson 39: The Great Divorce
    [Haggai 1-2; Zech. 1, 7-8, 11]

    • The Temple is rebuilt.
    • The prophets Haggai & Zechariah.
    • Prophetic action: Zechariah as an angry shepherd. (Zech. 11)
    • Yahweh predicts the day He will annul His Covenant with Israel.
  • Lesson 40: Esther
    [Esther]

    • King Xerxes I of Persia.
    • The story of Esther.
  • Lesson 41: Meaningless Vows
    [Ezra 7-10, Nehemiah, Malachi]

    • Ezra goes to Jerusalem to start a spiritual revival.Nehemiah Rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem Nehemiah 4:16-18
    • Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem to rebuild the city’s walls.
    • The prophet Malachi.
    • The constant rebellion of the Jews.

BETWEEN THE TESTAMENTS

  • Lesson 42: Between the Testaments
    • The Greeks conquer Israel.
    • Israel’s brief independence.
    • The Romans conquer Israel.
    • The Sadducees vs. the Pharisees.
    • New Testament Scribes & the Sanhedrin.
    • The start of synagogues.
    • Revisions are made to Yahweh’s Temple.
    • Herod the Great, king of Judea.

PERIOD 7. Jesus (The 4 Gospel Books)

  • Lesson 43: Two Miracle Boys
    [Mt. 1; Lk. 1]
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    • An introduction to the four Gospel books.
    • John the Baptist’s birth is prophesied. (Lk. 1)
    • Jesus’ birth is prophesied. (Lk. 1)
    • Difficulties with Yahweh’s prophetic style.
    • Joseph’s learns of Mary’s pregnancy. (Mt. 1)
  • Lesson 44: Jesus – The Early Years
    [Lk. 2]

    • The birth of Jesus. (Lk. 2)
    • Simeon & Anna meet Jesus in the Temple. (Lk. 2)
    • Herod’s slaughter of young boys in Bethlehem.
    • Jesus’ early childhood. (Lk. 2)
  • Lesson 45: The Baptist & The Messiah
    [Mt. 3; Jn. 1]

    • Tiberius, Emperor of Rome.Guru-10
    • Pontius Pilate, Governor of Judea.
    • Herod Antipas & Philip, Rulers of Judea.
    • John the Baptist’s public ministry. (Mt. 3, Jn. 1)
    • Jesus’ baptism. (Mt. 3)
    • Jesus’ first disciples. (Jn. 1)
  • Lesson 46: The Son of Yahweh
    [Jn. 2-3]

    • The Wedding at Cana (water into wine). (Jn. 2)
    • The 1st Passover & Temple cleansing. (Jn. 2)
    • Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus the Pharisee. (Jn. 3)
  • Lesson 47: The Moody Miracle Worker
    [Mk. 1; Lk. 4; Jn. 4]
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    • John the Baptist is arrested.
    • The Samaritan woman by the well. (Jn. 4)
    • Jesus heals an official’s son in Cana. (Jn. 4)
    • Jesus returns to Nazareth and is rejected there. (Lk. 4)
    • Jesus calls James & John to be His disciples.
    • A demoniac is healed in a synagogue. (Mk. 1)
  • Lesson 48: Blaspheming Sabbath Day Violator
    [Mt. 8-9; Mk. 1; Jn. 5; Lk. 4-5)

    • Jesus’ healing ministry in Capernaum. (Mt. 8; Mk. 1; Lk. 4)
    • The final call of Peter, Andrew, James & John.
      • The miraculous catch of fish. (Lk. 5)
    • Healing of a leper in Galilee. (Mk. 1; Lk. 5)healing-paralytic
    • Healing a paralytic in Capernaum. (Lk. 5)
    • The call of Matthew. (Mt. 9)
    • Healing a sick man in Jerusalem on the Sabbath. (Jn. 5)
    • More claims of Divinity and equality with Yahweh. (Jn. 5)
  • Lesson 49: The Sermon on the Mount

    • Jesus’ disciples are caught winnowing on the Sabbath. (Mt. 12)
    • Jesus heals a withered hand on the Sabbath.
    • Jesus appoints the Twelve.
    • The Sermon on the Mount – Part 1 (Mt. 5-6)
      • The Beatitudes.
      • Jesus’ purpose: to fulfill the Law.03-sermon-on-the-mount-1800
      • Jesus redefines famous Covenant commands.
      • The Lord’s Prayer.
  • Lesson 50: Finishing the Sermon on the Mount
    • Jesus uses positive and negative metaphors to emphasize people’s inability to satisfy Yahweh’s demands for perfection. (Matt. 6-7)
  • Lesson 51: Disturbing Revelations

    • The healing of a Roman centurion’s slave.
    • The resurrection of a widow’s son.
    • John the Baptist’s faith crisis.
    • Jesus curses the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida & Capernaum for their hostility towards Him.
  • Lesson 52: Sending Out the Twelve

    • Jesus sends His twelve disciples out on their first mission trip.
    • John the Baptist is beheaded.
  • Lesson 53: Stubborn Disciplesjesus-walking-on-water-benjamin-mcpherson

    • The feeding of 5,000.
    • Peter walks on water.
  • Lesson 54: The Intolerable Blasphemer

    • Jesus claims to be a Divine Being.
    • Many of Jesus’ followers desert Him.
    • Jesus says Yahweh’s dietary laws are no longer in effect.
    • Jesus commends a Canaanite woman’s faith.
    • The Sadducees & Pharisees gang up against Jesus.
    • Jesus predicts His resurrection by mentioning “the sign of Jonah”.
  • Lesson 55: The Salvation of Peter

    • Jesus warns against the yeast of the Pharisees & Sadducees.
    • Peter declares his faith in Jesus as the Son of Yahweh.
    • Jesus announces that Peter has obtained salvation under the New Covenant.jesus-christ-mormon
  • Lesson 56: A Suicidal Savior & The Transfiguration

    • Jesus begins to tell His disciples about His upcoming arrest, torture, death, and resurrection.
    • The Transfiguration is witnessed by Peter, James & John.
  • Lesson 57: The Messiah Can’t Come from Galilee
    • Jesus heals a possessed boy.
    • The miracle of a fish with a coin in its mouth.
    • Jealousy among the disciples.
    • Jesus’ brothers hassle Him.
    • John and James want to call fire down on a Samaritan village.
    • Jesus goes to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles.
    • The Temple police refuse to arrest Jesus.
    • Jesus’ association with Galilee causes confusion for the Pharisees.jesus-christ-light-of-the-world-1401917-wallpaper
  • Lesson 58: The Second I AM
    • Jesus returns to the Temple to promote Himself as a Divine, non-human Being who is the Light of the World.
    • Rebellious Jews accuse Jesus of being demon-possessed.
    • Jesus claims absolute equality with Yahweh by claiming the Divine title of “I AM”.
    • The significance of “I AM”.
  • Lesson 59: The National Threat
    • A council of powerful Jewish preachers conspire to kill Jesus in order to protect Israel from Roman assault.
    • Jesus heals ten lepers, only one of which thanks Him.
    • The parable of workers in a vineyard.jesus290511_03
    • Jesus’ disciples get caught up in arrogance.
  • Lesson 60: Greedy Disciples
    • Jesus gives a detailed prediction of His upcoming execution.
    • James & John try to secure high ranking positions in Heaven.
    • Jesus meets Zaccheus.
    • The parable of the nobleman turned king (aka, the parable of the ten coins).
    • Jesus goes to Bethany where He dines with Lazarus and is anointed by Lazarus’ sister Mary.entrada-triunfal-de-jesus-en-jerusalen
  • Lesson 61: The Triumphal Entry
    • Jesus’ response to being anointed by Mary.
    • Jesus’ triumphal ride to Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt & its association with Zechariah 9.
  • Lesson 62: Woe to the Pharisees

    • While visiting the Temple, Jesus verbally shreds the religious leaders of Israel.
  • Lesson 63: The End is Near (The Olivet Discourse)
    [Matt. 24]

    • In the first part of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus predicts:
      • The destruction of the Temple & the Jerusalem by the Romans.
      • Another dispersal of the Jews.jesus-and-disciples
      • The brutal persecution of His followers.
    • Jesus gives a clear timetable for His return, insisting that it will be very soon.
    • Why Jesus chose to deceive His disciples about the timing of His Second Coming.
  • Lesson 64: Finishing the Olivet Discourse
    [Matt. 25]

    • Jesus uses parables to emphasize the importance of being ready for His imminent return.
    • The Parable of the Watchful Gatekeeper.
    • The Parable of the Good & Evil Servants.
    • The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.
    • The Parable of the Talents.
    • The Parable of the Sheep & the Goats.
    • Applying the parables:
      • The importance of audience.
      • The warped theology of New Testament Jews.
      • How salvation works under the Old & New Covenants.
      • Why Jesus intentionally misrepresents how Divine judgment works in His parables.
  • Lesson 65: Reasons to Betray
    • Possible reasons for why Judas decided to betray Jesus.
    • The Last Supper begins.jesus last supper
    • Jesus washes the disciples’ feet.
    • The Divine view of Judas’ betrayal.
  • Lesson 66: The Last Supper
    [John 13-17]

    • Jesus’ final words to His disciples before His crucifixion.
  • Lesson 67: Fully God & Only God
    • Countering the erroneous notion that Jesus is “fully God and fully man.”
    • Why Jesus put on a charade of being stressed during His prayers in Gethsemane.
    • Jesus’ arrest & the disciples’ desertion.
  • Lesson 68: God On Trial

    • Jesus’ six part trial:
      • Being questioned by Annas.
      • Being questioned by the Sanhedrin.
      • Being sentenced by the Sanhedrin.
      • Being questioned by Pilate.
      • Being questioned by Herod Antipas.
      • Being sentenced by Pilate.
    • Peter denies Jesus.
    • Judas confesses to his betrayal and hangs himself.
    • Jesus is taken to Golgotha to be crucified.
  • Lesson 69: Understanding the Cross
    • An explanation of crucifixion.1_calvary-crosses
    • Common misconceptions about Jesus’ death on a cross: His actual experience & the theological implications of Him acting as an atonement sacrifice.
    • Several misapplications of the Old Testament by the Gospel writers.
    • Jesus’ burial & Jewish superstitions about death.
  • Lesson 70: The Empty Tomb
    • Jesus’ empty tomb is discovered (variations in the Gospel accounts).
    • The difference between a human resurrecting & a God resurrecting.
    • Angels explain Jesus’ resurrection.
    • The Jewish leaders try to contain the 08ab267a0d5ee00eaf0525eb7cb125adnews.
    • Various encounters with resurrected Jesus:
      • The disciples on the road to Emmaus.
      • Jesus rebuking the eleven for unbelief.
      • The fishing trip & Jesus’ discussion with Peter.
    • The Great Commission.
    • Preparing for Period 8: the spiritual immaturity and theological blindness of the early Church leaders.

PERIOD 8. The Early Church (Acts, the Epistles & Revelation)

  • Lesson 71: Acts Begins
    [Acts 1, Psalm 69 & 109]

    • How the Jews viewed the Holy Spirit.
    • Peter insists that Judas be replaced.
      • Peter misapplies Psalm 69 & Psalm 109.
  • Lesson 72: The Third God
    [Acts 2, Joel 2, Psalm 16]

    • An explanation of Pentecost.
    • Why the Holy Spirit announced His arrival using such frightening theatrics.
    • The importance of reverence.
    • Speaking in tongues: what it is and how it is abused in the Church.
    • Peter begins a sermon to a large crowd of Jews from all over the Roman Empires.
      • Peter misapplies Joel 2 & Psalm 16.
  • Lesson 73: Peter Reduces Christ
    [Acts 2-3; Psalm 110; Deut. 18]

    • A theological examination of Acts 3.
    • Peter misapplies Psalm 110 & Deuteronomy 18.
    • Peter reduces Christ to a mere mortal, thus allowing Jews to “convert” to Christianity without submitting to Christ as God.
    • Why the Divinity of Christ is such a critical issue.
    • Why Peter’s message was appealing to Jews in this historical context.
    • Peter & John heal a crippled man, then get arrested for promoting a belief in resurrection within the Sadducee controlled Temple complex.
  • Lesson 74: Fishermen vs. Priests
    [Acts 4, Psalm 2 & 118]

    • Theories on why the apostle John became so arrogant.
    • Peter & John defend their healing of a lame man before an intimidating panel of Jewish priests.
    • The superstitious view of names in Jewish culture.
      • Why our Gods work within the framework of our wrong beliefs instead of immediately correcting them.
    • Peter misapplies Psalm 118.
    • Peter & John are released and viewed as heroes by their followers.
    • Peter misapplies Psalm 2.
    • The Holy Spirit causes a brief earthquake.
    • The enormous popularity of Peter and John.
  • Lesson 75: The Wrath of Priests
     [Acts 5-7]

    • Ananias & Sapphira lie to Peter about a donation to the Church.
    • Miracles abound; people are healed by Peter’s shadow falling on them.
    • False converts vs. real ones and why Luke’s numbers are grossly exaggerated.
    • How Jesus alternated miracles with upsetting teaching to create opportunities for submission to God.
      • How Peter’s teaching is not challenging the Jews to practice true submission.
    • Jealous Sadducees arrest the apostles only to be embarrassed when they miraculously escape from prison.
    • Pharisee Gamaliel recommends allowing the apostles to continue their work.
    • Snubbing between ethnic Jews and Gentile believers results in apostles delegating the charity handouts to other men.
    • Angry Jews get Stephen in trouble with the Sanhedrin.
    • Stephen is stoned.  Saul (aka Paul) witnesses the event.
  • Lesson 76: The God Dispensers
    [Acts 8]

    • Saul starts mass arresting believers in Jerusalem.
    • Believers flee to Samaria & other parts of Judea.
    • While preaching and healing in Samaria, Peter wins over the fans of a very popular sorcerer there (Simon).
    • When Peter and John come to Samaria to give the Holy Spirit to people, sorcerer Simon tries to buy access to their power.
    • Philip meets with a high ranking eunuch from Ethiopia who is looking for spiritual answers.
  • Lesson 77: Debunking the Conversion Paul
    [Acts 9]

    • Paul (aka Saul) encounters Jesus on his way to Damascus to persecute Jesus followers.
      • Paul’s carnal motivations for persecuting Christians.
      • Paul’s carnal motivations for “converting” to Christianity.
    • An explanation of why Paul went by two different names.
    • An examination of Paul’s extremely flawed and irreverent teaching after his supposed conversion to Christianity.
    • An examination of the attitudes that Christ said He wants His followers to have, and how Paul’s teaching directly counters what Christ said.
    • Problems with Ananias’ assumption that he was supposed to help Paul receive the Holy Spirit.
      • A review of how the Holy Spirit is being grossly disrespected by the early apostles.
    • Paul is accepted as a Christian by believers in Damascus.
  • Lesson 78: Foolish Leaders & False Converts
    [Acts 9-10]

    • Paul returns to Jerusalem where the apostles accept him as a believer.
    • Paul flees to his hometown of Tarsus after some Jews in Jerusalem threaten to kill him.
    • A discussion of Galatians 1, in which Paul summarizes his travels.
      • How Paul models bad leadership by boasting of his revelations from Christ.
      • Why humans must not be viewed as infallible.
    • In Paul’s absence, Peter travels to two cities.
      • In Lydda, God heals a paralyzed man and Peter is a hero.
      • In Joppa, God resurrects a woman named Tabitha, and Peter is again treated as a hero.
      • A discussion of how foolish Peter is being to say that his miracle seeking fans are sincerely converting to Christianity.
    • A Roman captain and sincere Yahweh follower named Cornelius is told by an angel to summon Peter to his home in Caesarea.
      • Yahweh gives Gentile hating Peter a vision of unclean animals.
      • The Holy Spirit tells Peter to stop viewing and treating Gentiles as inferior.
      • Peter goes to Cornelius’ home, where he and other Jews are astonished to see the Holy Spirit come on Gentiles without the usual rituals of baptism and the laying on of hands.
  • Lesson 79: Tolerating Gentiles
    [Acts 11, James, Galatians]

    • The importance of circumcision to Old Covenant Jews.
    • When he returns to Jerusalem, Peter gets hassled for socializing with Gentiles in Caesarea.
    • Barnabas brings Paul to Antioch to join a Gentile focused ministry.
    • Claudius, Emperor of Rome.
    • Herod Agrippa 1, Ruler of Palestine.
    • The epistle of James.
    • A famine is predicted for the Roman Empire.
    • Paul’s work in Galatia.
    • How Paul’s version of Christianity differs from true Christianity.
    • How New Testament Judaism differs from true Judaism.
    • Paul’s epistle of Galatians.
  • Lesson 80: The Wrath of Agrippa
    [Acts 12-13]

    • Agrippa kills James the brother of John & arrests Peter.
    • Bad models of prayer in the Bible.
    • God miraculously frees Peter.
    • The death of Herod Agrippa.
    • John Mark: nephew of Barnabas & author of the Gospel of Mark.
    • Paul’s 1st Mission Trip begins:
      • Questioning the discernment of the Antioch church leaders.
      • On the island of Cyprus: Paul confronts a false Jewish sorcerer in the city of Paphos.
  • Lesson 81: Trouble in Antioch
    [Acts 13]

    • Continuation of the 1st Mission trip.
      • John Mark quits after Cyprus.
      • Paul & Barnabas go on to Antioch of Pisidia.
      • Paul preaches in Antioch.
        • Problems with Jesus’ lineage.
        • Paul misapplies Psalm 2.
        • Paul misapplies Isaiah 55.
        • Paul misapplies Psalm 16.
        • Paul misapplies Habakkuk 1.
    • Problems with Paul’s salvation theology.
      • Humanizing Christ.
      • Preaching mere belief in Christ, rather than submission.
      • Exaggerating the importance of atonement.
      • Teaching that Gentiles are inferior to Jews.
    • The Servant Songs of Isaiah.
    • Paul & Barnabas are expelled from Antioch by angry Jews.
  • Lesson 82: The Stoning of Paul
    [Acts 14]

    • Conclusion of the 1st Mission trip.
      • Paul & Barnabas make more Jewish enemies in the city of Iconium.
      • At the Greek city of Lystra, Paul and Barnabas are mistaken for incarnations of the Greek gods Hermes & Zeus.
        • While Paul is trying to stop the Greeks from worshiping him, angry Jews from Iconium and Antioch of Pisidia show up and push for Paul to be executed.
        • Paul is stoned in Lystra.
      • After making a miraculous recovery from stoning, Paul and Barnabas wrap up their first mission trip and return to Antioch of Syria.
    • A delegation of Jews from Judea come to Antioch of Syria to protest Paul’s teaching that circumcision is no longer required by Yahweh.

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